Efforts afoot to fully digitize the education department stresses on use of AI: Sukhu

Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, while presiding over the review meeting of the Department of Digital Technology and Governance here today, emphasized the importance of implementing e-governance initiatives at all the government departments in order to expedite the online file work and ensure efficiency.

He asked all the Secretaries Heads of Departments, Deputy Commissioners, and Sub Divisional Magistrates to adopt an e-office system and take advantage of the technological advancements to adopt e-mail communication and discourage the present practice of sending physical communications whether external or internal.  Currently, 50 percent of branches of the H.P. Secretariat and 24 directorates were using e-office.  He stressed the need for making the Department of Education fully digitized by 31st August this year. He said that the employees and patients’ data of IGMC Shimla and Tanda Medical College should be made online in a time-bound manner with the assistance of the Department of Digital Technology and Governance.

“Embracing the artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies is the need of the hour to provide citizen centric services to the people of the State on their door steps” said Sh. Sukhu and added that with the help of artificial intelligence, the State Government would have the facility of better data analysis for decision making. He said that AI would be promoted in Himachal Online Sewa, CM Helpline and in Education to provide better career opportunities to the youth.  Under e-district project 184 citizen services of 34 departments were being provided at present.  Apart from this, 71 services were also being provided to the people through Lok Mitra Kendras in the state. He also underlined the importance of strengthening the Lok Mitra Kendras.

He said that GIS mapping of schools and health institutions of Shimla district would be done on pilot basis. He further directed to implement AADHAR seeding for all the domestic and commercial electricity connections in Chamba district. Reviewing the progress of HIM PARIVAR he  said that the data of beneficiaries of various welfare schemes of the Government would be available on this platform.

The State Government was preparing a drone policy in order to regulate the operations of drones in various fields, said Sh. Sukhu. Drone has been employed in agriculture, horticulture and health sectors on pilot basis and results are encouraging, he added.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the Mukhya Mantri Sewa Sanklap Helpline 1100 and stressed the need for a centralized call centre.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anirudh Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sanjay Awasthi, MLA Rajesh Dharmani, Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister (IT and Innovation) Gokul Butail, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Bharat Khera, Secretary  Digital Technology and Governance, Abhishek Jain,  Secretary Health, M. Sudha Devi, Secretary MPP and Power, Rajiv Sharma, Secretary Jal Shakti Vibhag, Amitabh Awasthi,  Secretary Rural Development, Priyatu Mandal, Director Information and Public Relations, Kiran Bhadana and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

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